Last week ended with a special article covering activities at the Center for New Music (C4NM) for the remainder of this month. However, there are four additional venues of interest this week; and two of their respective events will overlap not only with each other but also with a C4NM gig. Thus, while, as was reported yesterday, those who prefer the mainstream will be facing some hard choices at the end of this month, those out on the bleeding edge will have to make a major choice tomorrow. Specifics are as follows:
Tuesday, February 16, 7:30 p.m.: The performance at C4NM this evening will be a show celebrating the release of Tincture by the Bad Jazz trio of Tania Chen, Bryan Day, and Ben Salomon, none of whom play the usual jazz instruments. At exactly the same time the Canessa Gallery will be hosting its own celebration of the release of Tincture. However, this parallel event will feature another group that shares Bad Jazz’ interest in invented instruments, toys, and electronics. The performance will be by Homoglochini, an Oakland-based quartet whose members are Raub Roy, James Roemer, Julia Mazawa, and Dianne Lynn.
The Canessa Gallery is located at 708 Montgomery Street, right where the Financial District bumps into North Beach. Admission will be $5. Space is limited, so it helps to arrive early.
Tuesday, February 16, 8 p.m.: The other event of importance on this evening will be taking place at the Hotel Utah. The program will be three sets of “drippy beats, layered tones, and (David) Lynchian tunes.” Two of the sets will be taken by visitors from New York City, SIRENS and Octazooka. The final set will feature San Francisco’s “hometown crooner,” Jonah Sun. The Hotel Utah is located at 500 Fourth Street at the corner of Bryant Street. Admission will be $8.
Wednesday, February 17, 7:45 p.m.: This will be the latest installment of the Monthly Experimental Music Showcase at Second Act. The opening set will feature Barbara Golden, whose teachers include Terry Riley, Robert Ashley, Lou Harrison, and Maggi Payne. Golden will perform with cellists Theresa Wong and Carla Fabrizio, along with Tim Perkis on electronics. The group will perform NOT DEAD YET, consisting of the four segments “1 DEAD IDEA pagi,” “8 DEAD BOYS siang,” “1 DEAD MUM sore,” and “NOT DEAD YET malam.” The second set will be by Splendor Generator, which brings the generative graphics of Bill Thibault together with the audible electronics of Perkis, Xopher Davidson, and Jon Leidecker. Chris Cooper will take the next set with an act entitled Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase (scared rabbit pepper nose). The evening will then conclude with a modular synthesizer set by Magnetic Stripper.
Doors will open for this showcase at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16. The performance itself usually begins at 8 p.m. and generally runs for about two hours. Second Act is located at 1727 Haight Street. It combines its performing area with a marketplace, all under the roof of what used to be the Red Vic movie house. Admission will be $5, payable at the door. Only those aged 21 or older will be admitted.
Thursday, February 18, 8:10 p.m.: Finally, Outsound Presents will offer its usual weekly evening of free improvisation in the Luggage Store Creative Music Series. This will be a program of three solo sets of different lengths. Christine Richers will begin with a performance on cello with electronic enhancements. She will be followed at 8:30 p.m. by Leland Vandermeulen playing guitar with electronic enhancements. The final set will begin at 9:20 p.m. and present guitarist Tristan Norton. The Luggage Store Gallery is located at 1007 Market Street, almost directly across the street from the intersection of Golden Gate Avenue with Taylor Street. Admission will be on the usual sliding scale between $6 and $15.